Senior Officers

William Mason

William Mason

Director General

William has been the Director General of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission since mid-2013. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors and has chaired its Audit & Risk Committee.  Prior to joining the Commission, William was Head of Risk at the Central Bank of Ireland where he led work to renew Irish financial services supervision in the wake of the Irish banking collapse.  He also worked as the Irish participant in the small vanguard team planning operational aspects of Banking Union for the European Central Bank (ECB).  Before moving to Ireland, William worked for the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA), joining shortly before the UK financial crisis.  Whilst there, he led teams supervising a range of credit institutions, insurers and investment firms throughout the financial crisis.  Prior to becoming a financial regulator, William worked at the UK Cabinet Office where he helped write “Regulation - Less is More, a report to the Prime Minister.”  His other publications include: “Freedom for Public Services"; "The Costs of Regulation" and "PRISM Explained –Implementing Risk Based Supervision.”  Earlier in his career William gained private sector experience working for both an international oil firm on three continents and a US strategy house, Monitor Group.

Gillian Browning

Director of the Investment, Fiduciary and Pension Division

Gillian joined the Commission in July 2014 initially as Director of Fiduciary and Innovations, then Director of Supervisory Oversight and Fiduciary, and from 1 September 2018 Director of Investment, Fiduciary and Pensions.  Gillian joined the Commission from the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) where she supervised a wide range of financial institutions including, most recently, large retail banks. She has extensive experience of authorisations decision-making and played a leading role in the Financial Services Authority’s ‘difficult cases’ team. Gillian joined the Financial Services Authority from the Cabinet Office, where she was a Minister’s Private Secretary and Policy Officer. Gillian graduated from Exeter University where she read History and Politics.

Emma Bailey

Director of the Authorisations and Innovation Division

Emma joined the Commission in March 2002 from BISYS Fund (Guernsey) Limited Services where she was Compliance Officer, Company Secretary & MLRO having previously worked in similar roles for Rothschild Asset Management (CI) Limited.  Joining the Commission as a senior analyst in the Investment Business Division, Emma was subsequently promoted to Assistant Director and to Deputy Director in April 2011.  As Deputy Director, Emma oversaw the introduction of the Bailiwick’s dual regime for AIFMD.  She was appointed as Director of the Investment Supervision and Policy Division in August 2014.  From September 2018 Emma was appointed as Directror of the Authorisations and Innovation Division.  Emma is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Jeremy Quick

Jeremy Quick

Director of the Banking and Insurance Division

Jeremy Quick joined the Commission in 2007 as Deputy Director of Banking, becoming Director of Insurance in 2011 and Director of Banking and Insurance in 2013.  Before joining the Commission, Jeremy worked at the Bank of England, IMF, FSA and Lloyds TSB.  His special interest is operational risk.  Jeremy is also Chair of the Group of International Insurance Centre Supervisors (GIICS).

Simon Gaudion

Simon Gaudion

Director of the Enforcement Division

Simon Gaudion worked for almost 30 years in law enforcement, where he covered several teams investigating serious criminal offences, both domestically and internationally.

During his career he led many frontline teams including the Fraud and International Team for the Bailiwick of Guernsey, covering MTIC and revenue fraud.  In 2009 Simon returned to the Financial Investigation Unit where he was the Senior Manager in charge of the Money Laundering and Confiscation Team.  His last role in law enforcement was as Senior Manager in charge of the Financial Intelligence Service which was predominantly responsible for the acceptance and evaluation of SAR data and case development.  Simon joined the Guernsey Financial Services Commission in July 2013 as the Director of Enforcement.  Since joining the Commission Simon has overseen the development of the Enforcement Division to enable the Commission to enforce where appropriate and reasonable to do so.  Simon is also a member of Committee 4 and the Screening Group for the International Organisation of Securities Commissions, which is an association of organisations that regulate the world's securities and futures markets.

Charisma Lyall

Charisma Lyall

General Counsel

Charisma joined the Commission in 2011 and has been Deputy General Counsel since 2016. She is also a member of the Bailiwick Medical Registration Panel and an Adjunct Lecturer for the Guernsey Bar Course. In 2005, Charisma was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia and worked as a Taxation Specialist until 2008, when she moved to Guernsey. She spent the next three years as an Associate at Ogier, and was called to the Guernsey Bar in 2012. During her time at Ogier, Charisma gained a diverse range of corporate and commercial experience, including experience with investment funds, private equity, security and regulatory work.

Fiona Crocker

Fiona Crocker

Director of the Financial Crime Division

Fiona joined the Commission in May 1999 as an analyst in the Investment Business Division and was promoted to senior analyst in 2002.  In January 2005 she took up the role of Assistant Director in the Fiduciary Division and held the position as a Deputy Director in the Fiduciary Supervision and Policy Division from April 2011 to October 2014.  She was appointed Director in November 2014.  Fiona graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff, with a degree in Economics and Social Studies and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Katherine Jane

Katherine Jane

Director of Risk and Operations

Katherine joined the Commission in June 2016 from Deloitte in London where she provided prudential and risk support to a wide range of FCA regulated firms, this included working with firms following regulatory issues.   Prior to this Katherine spent 5 years at the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) (and previously the Financial Services Authority (FSA)) where she supervised a wide range of firms including FTSE Listed companies. Katherine has extensive experience in all aspects of prudential supervision and was key in helping the FCA  to implement CRD IV for its firms.  Katherine joined the FSA from a firm providing internal audit services for Building Societies and other mutual organisations. Katherine is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Alice Joy

Alice Joy

Commission Secretary

Alice joined the Commission in March 2014 as an analyst in the Fiduciary Division and was subsequently promoted to senior analyst. In October 2015 she took up the role of Assistant Director in the Fiduciary Division where Alice assisted in the embedding of PRISM for fiduciary supervision. Alice was appointed as Commission Secretary in March 2021.

Alice graduated from the University of Exeter before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course with the College of Law in London. Prior to joining the Commission, Alice worked in London at a charity providing legal advice to disabled people and at a firm specialising in the fields of community care and education law.